Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How to Stay Christian in College (Book Review)

How to Stay Christian in College (Th1nk Edition) When you go to college, you're leaving behind your network of support and heading to a world with different perspectives, responsibilities, and expectations.  Even if you're going to a "Christian" college, there's no guarantee you won't face challenges to your faith.  So how do you stay Christian in college?  How do you stay open about your faith in the face of potential ridicule?

In How to Stay Christian in College, author J. Budziszewski offers information, advice, and ideas for students who want to hold on to their Christian faith during their college years.

The book is divided into four major sections:
  • Introduction - Why is this book necessary? and How this book can help
  • Worldviews - What God thinks of the world, what the world thinks of itself, and talking with non-Christian friends
  • Campus Myths - Myths about the search for knowledge, love and sex, politics
  • How to Cope - Coping in campus social life, campus religious life, and in the classroom
I liked this book a lot.  The author candidly addresses many important points, while writing in short sections that are quick to read.  He provides realistic and useful ways to respond to people whose views differ from our own--as well as reminders to respond respectfully and calmly.  Section headers and highlighted keywords help the reader find specific parts, which makes this a solid go-to reference, as well.

To find more information and to read a sample chapter, visit the NavPress product page for How to Stay Christian in College.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes. Thanks to NavPress for the opportunity. This post contains affiliate links: If you click through my Amazon.com links and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Thank you for helping to fund my son's college education!


  1. Sounds like a fantastic book! My son is pretty grounded in his beliefs and fortunately he will not be "going away" to college, rather he will stay at home and also take online classes. I will definitely be keeping this book in mind ;)

  2. This sounds great! We have had been blessed in this area! My kids have chosen to live at home while going to college. They can come home to us and seek advice and share their experiences, but I still think this book would benefit my 17 yo. He is very sensitive to others opinions, and more likely to want to "fit in".

  3. Great review!
    Luckily for us, we had a Christian group for us to join... and we even went on weekend trips!
    Great bonding!

  4. Great review... I will be looking for this for my oldest!! She will be starting college next year!

  5. Great review as always my dear! I love when they include real life things. Helps us know it can be done!

  6. Yes, it is possible to stay true to your faith. Actually, I became more devout after I
    started college. Though I do think it is a normal part of growing up to question your beliefs, in the end the tests I went through interacting with other teens/youg adults strengthened my convictions.


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